News release: Commissioner Ehlinger to pitch horseshoes, public health in Washington County

News Release
July 7, 2015

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Commissioner Ehlinger to pitch horseshoes, public health in Washington County

Pitch the Commissioner event set for Tuesday, July 14, at Forest Lake VFW

Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger will visit Forest Lake on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 14, to host the latest in his series of popular “Pitch the Commissioner” events, in which he talks about public health with community members over a friendly game of horseshoes.

The Washington County “Pitch the Commissioner” event will start with horseshoe pitching at 1 p.m. at the Forest Lake VFW, 556 12th St. SW, in Forest Lake. Participants can pitch their ideas to Commissioner Ehlinger about improving the public health in their community and how the state can help them accomplish their goals, while pitching horseshoes. The games of horseshoes will be followed by two presentations at Forest Lake City Hall, located at 1408 Lake Street South. The first presentation will be a 20-minute HealthUP! Community presentation by Fairview Health Services and their community partners. Commissioner Ehlinger will then lead a discussion on “What Does Minnesota Need to be Healthy?” Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity to visit and discuss the issues over refreshments.

A focus of this year’s “Pitch the Commissioner” series will be what the state can do to strengthen communities’ capacity to create their own healthy future. Commissioner Ehlinger says the goal of “Pitch the Commissioner” is to create a conversation between local officials, community members and state government officials about how to advance public health around the state by starting in communities.

“Pitching horseshoes is a fun and easy way for people to be physically active and engage in conversation at the same time.” Commissioner Ehlinger said, “I want to hear what Minnesotans have to say about what their communities need to be healthy and I want to highlight the achievements of local public health.”

All “Pitch the Commissioner” events have a similar format but are tailored to highlight the area’s public health initiatives. Events are planned and carried out in partnership with local public health officials. This “Pitch the Commissioner” event is coordinated and supported by the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment as a part of its county-wide strategic public health plan.

This is the fourth year of the Pitch the Commissioner series. Previous summers have featured visits across the state, from Winona to Marshall to Grand Portage. This year, in addition to Washington County, Commissioner Ehlinger is visiting Hennepin County, Crookston, International Falls, and Dawson.


Media inquiries:

Michael Schommer
MDH Communications